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This is What the States Would Look Like If We Were All Equal

Your vote counts for a lot more if you live in a less populous state. The largest state is 66 times as populous as the smallest and has 18 times as many electoral votes. This increases the chance for Electoral College results that don't match the popular vote.
@saravy i am not sure if we can just get rid of it. I wonder would there not be any repercussions
Don't hold your breath. We just need to get rid of the E.C. It has no purpose now and is outdated.
yeah well, maybe it'l change
too bad we aren't all equal
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'피에타'의 놀라운 디테일
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